Everybody's Somebody's Fool

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One could write a book about all the abuse Jimmy Scott suffered over the years. From being ridiculed and mocked because of his effeminate qualities to being neglected by labels for much of his career, the singer has often had it rough. But Scott is a survivor who never lost his talent or his charisma: he was a compelling singer in his youth, and he was still compelling when he was in his early seventies. Everybody's Somebody's Fool, a 1999 release, takes us back to Scott's twenties when he was still known as Little Jimmy Scott and focuses on his work with the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Billy Taylor, and Lucky Thompson at Decca from 1950-1952. Subsequently, he would ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
One could write a book about all the abuse Jimmy Scott suffered over the years. From being ridiculed and mocked because of his effeminate qualities to being neglected by labels for much of his career, the singer has often had it rough. But Scott is a survivor who never lost his talent or his charisma: he was a compelling singer in his youth, and he was still compelling when he was in his early seventies. Everybody's Somebody's Fool, a 1999 release, takes us back to Scott's twenties when he was still known as Little Jimmy Scott and focuses on his work with the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Billy Taylor, and Lucky Thompson at Decca from 1950-1952. Subsequently, he would become a victim of bad A&R and bad marketing at other labels, but this CD demonstrates that the early '50s were a highly creative period for him. Heavily influenced by Billie Holiday, Scott pours a tremendous amount of soul and feeling into Duke Ellington's "Solitude," "Wheel of Fortune," "I Wish I Knew," and the title song which shouldn't be confused with the Connie Francis hit. But as strong as Holiday's influence is, it's also clear that Scott was quite unique and distinctive himself. One of the things that made him unique was the fact that he sounded like he could be a woman; and ironically, this was something that worked to his advantage creatively resulted in a lot of cruelty off stage. Jazz singing doesn't get much more convincing or personal than what you'll find on this superb collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602517868908
  • Catalog Number: 001218402
  • Sales rank: 112,266

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (3:24)
  2. 2 I Wish I Knew - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (3:03)
  3. 3 Please Give Me a Chance - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (3:02)
  4. 4 I've Been a Fool (Thinking You Cared) - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra (2:55)
  5. 5 Wheel of Fortune (2:49)
  6. 6 Come What May (2:06)
  7. 7 They Say You Cry (2:47)
  8. 8 When You Surrender (2:40)
  9. 9 Alone with a Memory (2:46)
  10. 10 Do You Mind If I Hang Around? (2:45)
  11. 11 Something from a Fool (2:43)
  12. 12 Why Was I Born? - Lucky Thompson (3:05)
  13. 13 The Bluest Blues (3:07)
  14. 14 You Never Miss the Water (Till the Well Runs Dry) (2:40)
  15. 15 Solitude - Kay Thompson (2:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Little Jimmy Scott Primary Artist, Track Performer
Benny Bailey Trumpet
Al Grey Trombone
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Wes Montgomery Guitar
Jerome Richardson Flute, Alto Saxophone
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Tyree Glenn Trombone
Taft Jordan Trumpet
Gil Askey Trumpet
Harold Baker Trumpet
Danny Bank Baritone Saxophone
George Berg Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Board Tenor Saxophone
Duke Garrette Trumpet
Jerry Jerome Alto Saxophone
Jerry Sanfino Alto Saxophone
Herb Lovelle Drums
Curtis Lowe Tenor Saxophone
Peck Morrison Bass
Ed Mullens Trumpet
Bobby Plater Alto Saxophone
Benny Powell Trombone
Leo Shepherd Trumpet
Billy Taylor Piano
Clarence Williams Baritone Saxophone
Kai Winding Trombone
Doug Duke Organ, Piano
Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra Track Performer
Lonnie Shaw Baritone Saxophone
Billy Williams & Choir Tenor Saxophone
Roy Hamlin Johnson Bass
John Blain Hunt Drums
Paul Lee Trombone
Technical Credits
Little Jimmy Scott Photo Courtesy
Kevin Reeves Mastering
Billy Vera Liner Notes
Erick Labson Remastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Kerosene Halo Art Direction
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